It is disturbing to listen to the statistics of the total number of Christians converted to Christianity. 80% of all Christians are converted to Christianity before the age of 18 years old.
Of these 80% children 75% will loose their faith in the 1st year of university and 15% at the end of university. After the age of 40 years the statistics gets very dim and it is only grace and a miracle for someone to convert to Christianity in the view of the world population, 7 billion in Nov 2011.
According to a report by the BBC, on average 17-25% of children in the western world are under the age 18 years and in some parts of Africa a staggering 56%. Worldwide 27, 5% are below the age of 15 years. What a tremendous challenge!
The question in the light of these statistics is; how come that we as churches and Christian organisations spend so much time on everything else but, youth ministries. Knowing the effect that effective youth growth in the long run can have on church growth, why not combine all our effort and concentrate on our Youth.
One can speculate.
Maybe we in churches are so concerned about the majority income of a church coming from a group that already earns money and can contribute to tithing.
Maybe the effort of a youth ministry is consuming, may be it takes a lot more time, effort, money and infrastructure.
Maybe, maybe ……
Maybe we are so ignorant that we do not grasp the effect that growth in youth numbers will have on church growth, expansion of Christianity and the total Christian population in the long run.
GENERATION NEXT YOUTH PROGRAMME is an interactive and a practical youth programme with the emphasis on Biblical Worldview, Purpose and Destiny.
A biblical perspective is integrated into everyday issues, setting a biblical foundation against which every young person can make decisions and measure his
or her own life.
Youth from Grade 7 - Grade 12. Special focus on Grade 10 - Grade 12 in terms of career planning, calling, purpose and destiny.
GEN NEXT Facilitators facilitate individuals and small groups. Although family involvement in the programme is crucial, the
ultimate goal is to teach children to be responsible for their own destiny.
Teenagers must be able to initiate a practical ministry project at the end of the programme.
The programme is designed to run once a week for two to three hours over a period of a year and six months to two year, depending on the spiritual
maturity and progress of the group. Generation Next Youth is rather a process NOT a fixed programme
The first phase is an introduction to Biblical Worldview, Creation and Fall through practical assignments concentrating on group dynamics.
The second phase is introspective, concentrating on Redemption and the individual.
In the last six months of the programme the group will as a team run a selected ministry or missionary project. A new intake of young people can run
concurrently with the Third Phase.
The programme is also designed in such a way to allow individuals to only fall in and out to the programme until the end of Part 2. After that they must
be committed till the end of the programme or leave the programme until the next intake. This is not only to separate them from the rest and make
others to want to have this, but promotes perseverance, commitment and endurance till the end.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receivethe crown of life,
which God has promised to those who love him.
The GENERATION NEXT programme is design to achieve underlying outcomes for example:
Discern, debate and evaluate own life, family, communities and country.
Passion for the nations
Understanding of and a biblical self love
Instill quiet time, worship, bible reading, bible research through referencing
Comprehensive entrepreneurial skills
Integrating theory in to practice
Biblical Leadership Styles
Christian characteristics integrity, commitment, perseverance, honesty, loyalty, ext.
Apologetics, give biblical vocabulary to defend Christian beliefs
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